North Nagoya Walking Tour, Nagoya (Self Guided)

North Nagoya is famous for housing the city’s most prominent architectural landmark, the magnificent Nagoya Castle. Other notable sights include the Meijo Koen Park, Nagoya City Hall, Gokoku Shrine and more. Take this self-guided tour of North Nagoya to discover top attractions of this part of the city.
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North Nagoya Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: North Nagoya Walking Tour
Guide Location: Japan » Nagoya (See other walking tours in Nagoya)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Author: leticia
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Johokubashi Catholic Church

1) Johokubashi Catholic Church

The Johokubashi Church is one of only a handful of Catholic churches in the whole country. This rare place of worship provides a complete range of services traditional to the faith for both Catholic residents and visitors.
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Meijo Koen Park

2) Meijo Koen Park

The Meijo Koen Park is a spacious open area located near the Nagoya Castle. This wonderful park has lots of beautiful flowers and trees that make it a great place for a relaxing walk. There are also a number of water fountains here, as well as lakes, statues and an original mill.
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Nagoya City Hall

3) Nagoya City Hall

Nagoya City Hall is constructed in a fusion Japanese and modern style. It survived the bombings of World War II. It is registered as a Tangible Cultural Property of Japan.

It is located close to the Aichi Prefectural Government Office. The present main buildings was built on September 6, 1933.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Gokoku Shrine

4) Gokoku Shrine

The Gokoku Shrine is a wonderful religious building which is dedicated to the fallen heroes of the Aichi region who died protecting their country throughout history. Located south of the Nagoya Castle, the site also has several monuments, including the Battleship Yamato Monument and the Navy's Flight Reserve Students Monument.
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Main Gate of Nagoya Castle

5) Main Gate of Nagoya Castle

The Nagoya Castle's Main Gate, originally known as Nishinomaru-enokida Gate, was destroyed by fire during World War II. Carefully rebuilt in 1959, it remains an excellent example of old Japanese architecture and a source of national pride to Japan.
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Nagoya Castle

6) Nagoya Castle (must see)

During the Edo period, Nagoya Castle was the center of one of the most important castle towns in Japan—Nagoya-juku— and it included the most important stops along the Minoji, which linked the Tōkaidō with the Nakasendō. The castle complex is made up of several enceintes, which are divided by the outer moat (Soto-bori) and inner moat (Uchi-bori). Each enceinte is protected by walls with turrets strategically located at each corner. Access from one enceinte to the next was controlled by guarded gates that were accessible by bridges. The castle is a good example of the type built on flat lands.

The Honmaru enceinte is in the centre of the complex, containing the main and minor donjon, along with the palace. The Ninomaru enceinte is located to the east, the Nishinomaru to the west, the Ofukemaru, also known as the Fukaimaru, to the northwest, and the Sannomaru around the east and south. Today's Meijō Park was part of the larger castle's grounds to the north, which were used as pleasure gardens, with a large pond.

The Ninomaru gardens and other areas such as the Ofukemaru have a wide variety of flora. In Spring, Japanese Cherry, wisteria, camellia, and peony bloom. In the summer it is iris, crape myrtle, plantain lily, and hydrangea; in autumn the confederate rose, Japanese quince and crape myrtle, and in winter the Japanese witch hazel, Japanese quince, wintersweet, and Japanese plum that bloom. During the summer, Sika Deer can be observed grazing in the moats that are dry and covered with grass.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Ninomaru Garden

7) Ninomaru Garden

Located in the Nagoya Castle area, the Ninomaru Garden dates all the way back to the 17th Century. This traditional Japanese landscape garden is a great place to walk around in, and it’s also home to the Ninomaru Tea House, where you can still find traditional Japanese tea ceremonies.

Walking Tours in Nagoya, Japan

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Create Your Own Walk in Nagoya

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Southeast Nagoya Walking Tour

Southeast Nagoya Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Naka Ward Walking Tour

Naka Ward Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
West Nagoya Walking Tour

West Nagoya Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Nagoya Cultural Walking Tour

Nagoya Cultural Walking Tour

Nagoya is considered one of Japan’s most important cities when it comes to cultural attractions. This beautiful city is home to many art galleries, museums, theaters and some other great cultural venues. Take our Cultural Walking Tour to see all the best cultural spots in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
East Nagoya Walking Tour

East Nagoya Walking Tour

The eastern part of Nagoya is a beautiful section of the city. Here visitors can enjoy wonderful botanical gardens and temples, plus some beautiful public parks and a zoo. It’s also a great area for entertainment, with a fun amusement park and several interesting cultural venues. Take our tour to see the top sights of East Nagoya.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.0 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Nagoya for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Nagoya has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Nagoya, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.